Members of Embassy Kabul’s staff gather, while social distancing, in the front of the embassy before starting their volunteer work. Photo by Todd Jurkowski

Embassy Kabul redefines service

By Amy Hood Embassy Kabul was already working within the confines of a decades-long conflict, political turmoil, and terrorist threats when the coronavirus pandemic struck in March. Due to the outbreak, the compound was locked...

Retirements | August 2020

Civil Service Batt, Eugene P.Blenner, Barry G.Cummings, Rhonda M.Douglas, H. ThomascineHage, Richard S.Holcombe, James R.Holiday, Cecily C.Hooper, Don E.Howery-Ford, Virginia Linick, Steve A.Rodriguez, David Temple, Myrna B.Toro, JosueWachter, Richard A.Williamson, Johnnie R. Foreign ServiceBarth, Philip K.Bennett, Charles E.Conklin,...

FSI hosts first-ever virtual orientation

The Foreign Service Institute concluded the first-ever virtual orientation for 157 Foreign Service generalists and specialists, June 26. Referring to themselves as “The Novel 156th/202nd,” the class adapted Foreign Service traditions like Flag Day...
Ljubljana city center and aerial view of Prešeren Square. Photo by Xbrchx


By Luke Jones, Julia Stanley, and J.B. Leedy Slovenia, the land “on the sunny side of the Alps,” has something to offer everyone. Roughly the size of New Jersey and with more than 2 million...
Stabilization Advisor Ian Arzeni (bottom row, left) gathers with skateboarding students following an afternoon session in Dar es Salaam, Nov. 9, 2019. Photo by Sophie Neumann

Passion Project

By Mark Schaver Not the wedding they were expecting, Stabilization Advisor and his wife Sophie Neumann, are shown after they got married at the Kinondoni District Commissioner’s office in Dar es Salaam, March 30. Photo...

Continuing Consular Service

By Pamela Hamblett and Norm Galimba

Microsoft Teams enhances communication and collaboration

By Robert Watts Many Department of State employees have discovered the value of Microsoft Teams on the Department’s network during the past several months. Now auto-starting on OpenNet desktops, available on GO Virtual, GO Browser, and mobile apps, Microsoft...
A newly acquired Tesla Model 3 is parked in front of Embassy Wellington’s renovated chancery building in New Zealand. Photo by Ola Thorson

Embassy Wellington showcases U.S. green technology with new official vehicle

By Gavin Elliott  A new Tesla Model 3 with diplomatic plates graces the streets of Wellington, New Zealand. With the newest addition to the embassy motor pool, Mission New Zealand is showing its Kiwi hosts...

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Making a Statement

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